"Cigarette Daydreams" as written by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor and Lincoln Parish....
Did you stand there all alone?
Oh I cannot explain what's going down
I can see you standing next to me
In and out somewhere else right now
You sigh, look away
I can see it clear as day
Close your eyes, so afraid
Hide behind that baby face

Do do do do do do

You can drive all night
Looking for answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

Funny how it seems like yesterday
As I recall you were looking out of place
Gathered up your things and slipped away
No time at all I followed you into the hall
Cigarette daydream
You were only seventeen
Soft speak with a mean streak
Nearly brought me to my knees

Do do do do do do

You can drive all night
Looking for the answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

If we could find a reason, a reason to change
Looking for the answer
If you could find a reason, a reason to stay
Standing in the pouring rain

Do do do do do do

You can drive all night
Looking for answers in the pouring rain
You wanna find peace of mind
Looking for the answer

If we could find a reason, a reason to change
Looking for the answer
If you could find a reason, a reason to stay
Standing in the pouring rain


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"Cigarette Daydreams" as written by Daniel Tichenor Brad Shultz

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  • +12
    General Commenti feel like this song is about a relationship gone bad without a legitimate reason, and they are trying to figure out where it went wrong to try to fix it. "you sigh look away" and "soft speak with a mean streak nearly brought me to my knees" show the couple fighting. "you can drive all night looking for the answer in the pouring rain" shows the want for an answer to how the relationship could be mended. "if we could find a reason a reason to change" and "if you could find a reason a reason to stay" also shows how the singer wants their relationship to be alright again.
    edaloboon December 29, 2013   Link
  • +9
    My InterpretationMaybe this is a personal reach as I'm not a smoker, but I interpreted the phrase "cigarette daydreams" as recurring daydreams that take you away from your troubles and they can be addicting like cigarettes. I also think that it's about a situation that's fairly decent between two people that have had a thing for one another for a while. However, both of them are always yearning for something more.
    chrisc227on March 11, 2015   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about a girl that is vulnerable and isn't able to tell someone how they feel. Maybe the person is lost and cant find a way to make the person satisfied. "you can drive all night" meaning the answer is not there and may never be.
    mbsstony10on November 10, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationMy 17-year old daughter is currently in rehab, and for me it speaks to the vulnerability and depression that often goes with girls that age. They are not yet adults, not yet sure of how to become the women they want to be or how to live with integrity and make the changes that need to be made and have few coping skills. But it's easy to see their massive potential....
    valleycaton November 22, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt seems to be referring to a relationship that at some point down the line started to fade away, or the couple started to drift apart. Some things can be held onto for a long time, and in some cases it is better to just let things go instead of searching your whole life and probably coming up with no solid answer. Finding "the reason" will satisfy his soul, but letting go all together will satisfy it just as much. Cigarette Daydream is most likely referring to have a smoke and thinking about all of this.
    Bmiller92on January 23, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI felt like this song today. I had a good day. Really good day, I even got a beautiful girls number. But when I was walking home smoking my cigarette I felt empty inside , like I was missing something. I hate to admit it but I know it's because of an ex that I actually cared about.
    stoned_or_asleepon February 21, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMusic is Art
    It can be interpreted differently - even from the original intent of the song writer. This reminds me of my son who struggles with mental health issues. Can't explain why without writing a book - but it did from the first time I heard it. What a beautiful song too - Cage the Elephant is a great band.
    firedancermomon March 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe that this song is about getting over a past. Based off the music video released, this also helped me come to this conclusion. In the video, there is signs of sexual abuse, and a girl going somewhat crazy. You can see her smiling and crying throughout different parts of the video. In the song,he basically narrates this happening. At the end of the video, she burns a car, with herself inside. Essentially saying that she had to "burn" away her past in order to heal. "You can drive all night looking for the answers in the pouring rain" is basically her fighting herself up until the moment where she burns the car. In all, this song I believe is about healing from a rough past.
    curlylocks44on May 30, 2017   Link
  • +1
    MemoryFour months (and four days) ago, my boyfriend of four years broke up with me unexpectedly, over text, with no concrete reason, and I never heard from him again. This song was added to his youtube playlist a few days before he texted me, and I didn't think anything of it at the time. I only came back to it today. After reading some of the translations on here, the breakup is making a little more sense to me. I had a huge meltdown that left me "unfit to drive" and "unfit to work" until a few weeks ago, which gave me a lot of time stuck in bed alone with my thoughts and our songs, drinking and smoking until I could sleep. We had clearly gotten too comfortable together, we'd become out of shape, unhappy (individually and together), and had lost all motivation. We had drifted apart, and I had interpreted it as coming closer. It was awful watching his life become so much better without me, while mine spun off the rails. This song reminds me of the long drives on the 401 from home to school. I miss the days when I could enjoy a song without reading into it, looking for how it could fit my problems. We never did get our "find a reason to change" as he silently slipped away from me, not telling me that he was losing interest. I'd do anything for a second chance.
    hannah1480on June 04, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe that this song is actually discussing suicide. I know there is another person interprets it as the struggle with a mental disease, and that could be a part of it, but I really think that this is about someone watching a friend or loved one contemplate suicide. However, this song also strongly suggests that this person has already gone through with it, or has at least tried to.

    The first thing that stands out to me is the beginning of the song. The person is alone, and the narrator cannot understand what is happening, but the person is avoiding eye contact, trying to hide their fear, but it is obvious that there is something going on. Additionally, they look "in and out of somewhere else," meaning that they don't seem in touch with reality. These are all major warning signs of depression and/or suicidal tendencies.

    Again, in the second verse, the person in question looks "out of place" and is isolating themselves from everyone, another big warning sign. "Cigarette Daydream" is probably a reference to how people feel that smoking takes away their problems. This might also lead to the person reflecting on their own life, maybe even thinking about death.

    As for the chorus, the "pouring rain" could symbolize a problem or a period of great sadness in one's life. Therefore, they are searching for an answer to their problems, or attempting to find a way out of this time of grief, as it also says that they are "trying to find peace of mind." One of the ways that people seek this is by ending their lives.

    This is all kind of floppy, but the last part of the chorus was really what lead me to believe this. After analyzing the song, I thought it was just about a struggle that need to be changed, but these ines really confused me. "If we could find a reason to change" implies that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. But what? The next line answers this question. "If you could find a reason to stay." What do you mean, a reason to stay? After carefully looking at all of the previous lyrics, I came to the conclusion that this just might mean "If you could find a reason to stay with us (stay alive), then maybe we can find a way to change ourselves to help you."

    The other line that really confused me was "You were only seventeen." If this song was about mental illness, this line would make no sense, as depression is extremely common in teens and young adults. It doesn't just say, "You were seventeen," it says, "You were ONLY seventeen." When someone says that you were ONLY [insert age], they are implying that you were too young for whatever occurrence that has burdened you to fall upon you. After analyzing the last part of the chorus, as I previously explained, the lyrics of this verse started to fall together. A "mean streak" is a darker-shaded stripe or streak. So, "soft speak with a mean streak" could mean that this person has a great personality, but they have a dark side. This "dark side" brought the narrator "to [his] knees." This means that this dark side must be devastating to the narrator. As I have said, this "dark side" might just be related to suicide, so these few lines highly suggest that this person has either attempted suicide, or they maybe have even succeeded in killing themself.

    I haven't even heard this song for 2 days, and I'm already trying to figure out what it means. I love this song, it's so powerful, especially "standing in the pouring rain." That line really speaks to me on multiple personal levels.
    Stealthhearton June 14, 2017   Link

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